Moms team up to help Chicago Heights family

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A south suburban mom who wasn’t able to give her kids Christmas presents  is receiving help from another mom who understands her struggle.

Tabitha Wingler tried to sell her TV online to get money to buy her four kids Christmas gifts. The Chicago Heights mom was unable to sell the TV, but after reading her story,  Eileen Howorth sent her a message.

The two talked about their similar struggles, both have a special needs teen.  Howorth decided to start a Facebook page to ask other moms in the area to donate gifts or Wal-Mart gift cards to help Wingler and her kids.

Yesterday the two met for the first time

Howarth and other moms are meeting at the Country Club Hills Wal-Mart at 5:30 today.

Anyone who wants to help the family is welcome. If you would like to donate a gift card via email you can log on to

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  • Tabitha

    Due to such short notice, the event has been extended until January 3rd. If you can't attend, you can send e-cards to help out. You can also contact the e-mails in the event if you would like to help in other ways. Lets come together and help this family. Thanks and god bless you all.

  • Jon

    Forget the toys! Time for kids to learn that Christmas is about family and not about merchandise! If you have a home, heat, electricity, food, then you have all you need to celebrate Christmas! I've seen parents do their whole Christmas shopping on toys at Family Dollar that in a week will be broke and forgotten!

    • Tabitha

      Jon, it is not all about toys. My kids need clothing also. You don't know my full situation, and the struggles I am going through right now. We are also in need of household items etc… I understand what your saying about toys, but it isn't all about that.

  • Tabitha

    No, it's not okay to drive without insurance. I now have my insurance back, it had expired due to lack of funds. Please stop with the rude comments. I am not asking for money donations. Thanks, and God Bless.

  • Tabitha

    Mia, I am not rich at all. I have a disabled son, and do the best I can. If you don't want to donate, that is fine. I am not asking for any money, this event is being done at wal-mart for my 4 kids. Why all the rudeness?

  • Tabitha

    Queen, I had nothing to do with extending the event. The lady that started the event extended it because wgn aired the story 30 minutes before the event started that day. So, how is that being greedy? This event was for 4 kids, not me. People were asked to come out and shop for the kids. It was not all about donations, or even money. Thanks, and God Bless.

  • Tabitha

    You know one day you will need help with something, and my only hope is that God is there for you. People didn't show, but God will see me through. Thanks, and God Bless.

  • Allison

    BEFORE you report this comment as "abusive" and have it deleted, Tabitha…tell us your side of the story, the whole story. Like a politician and celebrity, you are publicly being watched now. You are asking the public for assistance, financial assistance. So there will always be questions and judgmental comments. You brought the attention upon yourself, Tabitha. Not too many people, including me, will just hand over money (gift cards) to someone who cries for help. And I'm not a member of Hero Network…I just googled you to find out more about you, and it took me to that site.

    • Dora

      Well, Allison get your facts straight before you comment on something. She did not start the event some other woman did. Tabitha did not ask for money, she wanted household items, clothing etc. even asked for used items. Until you know the rest of the story you need to shut your damn mouth. She is struggling right now, bad and your not GOD, so who are you to judge anybody. If you know how to read you will see someone else posted the event to try to help her. So before you start running my daughter down, get your damn facts straight and keep your down grading comments to yourself. Because you aren't no better than anyone else. So keep your damn mouth off my daughter. have a nice day

      • tabitha

        If you actually look at the wishes, many have not been granted. They mark them granted after so much time. Thanks, and may God bless you.

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